Comment: Where has democratic process gone?

When we think of dictatorships, we often think about foreign, far-off countries with citizens who languish with agony under dictatorial rule.

However, if we look at the Encyclopaedia Britannica definition of a dictatorship, we as Canadian citizens should be feeling some sort of trepidation: “Dictatorship, [a] form of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute power without effective constitutional limitations. The term dictatorship comes from the Latin title dictator, which in the Roman Republic designated a temporary magistrate who was granted extraordinary powers in order to deal with state crises.”

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A simple google search highlights the trappings of a dictatorial government and should wake any Canadian citizen out of their apathetic slumber. The astounding realization that our current Trudeau administration is enacting power without effective constitutional limitations under the trappings of state crisis, is frightening and no one seems to care. We have a media that acts as apologists, as if they are on the government payroll (ahem, CBC) and the rest are no better.

The last instance in which a prorogued government was attempted for political advantage was under the Harper administration, and he and his party were eviscerated in the press. This pales in comparison to our current leadership, which is proroguing Parliament for the sole purpose of postponing pending business and this proroguing follows on the heels of an unprecedented hiatus.

Not only is the media giving this glib coverage, they seem to have forgotten that our parliamentary system has been completely ignored and disregarded since March. Need I remind people that Parliament has only sat for 30 days in all of 2020? 

Our country has never experienced an administration that has been so blind to its own privilege or so beleaguered with ethics violations. Trudeau's lame duck excuse on his latest WE conflict of interest escapade is akin to children pointing fingers at their siblings when getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar: “I thought it was a bad idea but he made me do it!”

Trudeau is hanging on to a thread of power by capitalizing on an unprecedented time in history where he thinks that the more he spends and gives, the more love he will receive — like an annoying frat boy who has no substance nor friends, but buys all the beer for the party, with his dad’s credit card, in order to stay in the cool group. 

Whether one is right, left, centrist, liberal, NDP, socialist, or libertarian, our current administration and its blatant pandering to buy votes while ignoring the constitutional norms of government should be terrifying.

We have reached a level of debt that is not just concerning, it is downright crippling. Yet we have a prime minister who continues to be more concerned with his global reputation of being a green warrior rather than actually supporting his country’s economic recovery, which desperately relies on our own natural resources and Canadians with real world jobs.

This bone of contention seems to have been uncovered in his party ranks (bye, bye Morneau) and needs some major tethering.

Come on Justin, if our nation's children have to go back to school, the least you could do is show up for work and face the questions that the nation has for you.

Rebecca Pimm lives and works in Fort St. John.

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